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The Pocket Therapist: Mental Health To Go!

By Therese J. Borchard

Imagine a GPS navigational system that said something like this: “In approximately 30 minutes, you will run into your old boss, who will want to make you feel like a worthless pile of feces. Erect personal boundaries immediately…. I said, Get in your bubble, Woman … Are you listening? She’s approaching you on your left. Lock up all childhood tapes now (the ones that convinced you that were weak, ugly, and pathetic) and DO NOT, I said DO NOT play them for her. Remember, their messages are no longer valid. Proceed carefully. You will speak to her in approximately 3, no 2, no 1 second.”

Me? I would like one of those.

So I made one. In book form.

You see, I am an obsessive-compulsive woman who has recorded, in her journals, 12 years of therapy sessions, 21 years of twelve-step support-group jargon, nice get-a-hold-of-yourself tips from hospital inpatient psych programs, and oodles of insights from her wise friends and mentors. I then asked readers on a few different websites — The Huffington PostBeliefnet.com, and Psych Central — to tell me the most significant lesson or mental health tool that they learned in therapy. I plucked the gems and added those to my pile of darlings. Then I stared at them. I dreamt about them. I obsessed about them. And ultimately I organized them into a handsome, compact volume of pointers that I could carry around without drawing too much attention to myself.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/04/21/the-pocket-therapist-mental-health-to-go/



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